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Ancient Legends Retold: The Legend of Pryderi

by Fiona Collins

Pryderi led a rich life, but suffered an early death. In the days of 'Once upon a time' that was the way of it, for he inhabited a warrior world - a world of battlefields, cattle raids, magic and might, life...


Ancient Legends Retold: The Seat Perilous, The Quests of Arthur's Knights: The Seat Periolous, The Quests of Arthur's Knights

by Bernard Kelly & June Peter

Around the round table there was always one seat which remained empty. This was the place left for the one who would one day attain the grail and redeem and restore the land. It was the first Hot Seat - if you...


Ancient Legends Retold: Tales of Robin Hood, The Five Early Ballads: Tales of Robin Hood, The Five Early Ballads

by Michael Dacre

Here are the five earliest ballads of 'Robyn Hode', retold in vivid modern prose. They still constitute the best version of the famous English outlaw - fast and violent, earthy and satirical, dangerous, sinister,...


Pembrokeshire Folk Tales

by Christine Willison

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller Christine Willison. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories...


The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History

by Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask & Jonathan Z. Smith

This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing...


Italian Superstitions

by Andrea Malossini

We are all superstitious, even those who affirm the opposite. Superstition is natural, it resides in all of us: it represents the human answer to rare, singular, and mysterious phenomena. All that cannot be...


Creating Global Music in Turkey

by Koray Degirmenci

Creating Global Music in Turkey mainly analyzes how the local and global interact in the very place that is defined as the “local” by the global cultural system. It examines the different music traditions...


Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore

by Diane E. Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider & Jeannie Banks Thomas

Ghosts and other supernatural phenomena are widely represented throughout modern culture. They can be found in any number of entertainment, commercial, and other contexts, but popular media or commodified representations...


The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend

by Barbara Brodman & James E. Doan

This book presents the vampire as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire (such as Dracula), or 20th and 21st-century film versions. Instead, we...


African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies

by Afe Adogame & Ezra Chitando

This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion, diaspora and gendered societies. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate...


Kentucky Folklore

by Gerald Alvey

" Thicker'n fiddlers in hell. Independent as a hog on ice. If a bride makes her own clothes, it's bad luck. It'll snow in May if it thunders in February. How's a hen on a fence like a penny? What's the reddest...


Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances

by Christine L. Garlough

Desi Divas: Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances is the product of five years of field research with progressive activists associated with the School for Indian Languages and Cultures (SILC),...


Celtic Wonder Tales

by Ella Young

From childhood we listen to tales of ghosts, banshees, haunted castles and mischievous sprites. But it is not until you immerse yourself in Gaelic literature that you realise what a heritage awaits, for Celtic...


Maidu Texts

by Franz Boas & Roland B. Dixon

This book has been especially republished to raise funds for the American Indian Education Fund, benefitting the education of Native Americans across the United States of America The Maidu lived in the central...


Tower Legends

by Bertha Palmer Lane & Betha Palmer Lane

The Bible tells of a remote time when men journeyed from the East and found a plain in the land of Shinar. . . . "And they said to one another, 'Come, let us build us a city, and a tower whose top may reach...


Yoruba Legends

by M I Ogumefu

The Yoruba people are descendants from a variety of West African communities. They are united by Geography, History, Religion and most importantly their Language. Many years ago, before African slavery, the...


Legends and Popular Tales of the Basque People

by Mariana Monteiro

This collection of Basque legends, fairy tales, ballads, and popular stories having their origin in the ancient traditions which formed a portion of the sacred inheritance bequeathed to the Basque people by...


German Festivals and Traditions

by Nicolette Hannam

This invaluable, time-saving resource provides intercultural ideas for every month of the year. For each festival and tradition you will find background information, key vocabulary, detailed lists of possible...


American Indian Fairy Tales

by Margaret Compton

This book has been especially republished to raise funds for the American Indian Education Fund, benefitting the education of Native Americans across the United States of America. Originally published in 1895...


Jewish Fairytales and Legends

by Gertrude Landa

Jewish folklore overflows with vivid stories that both entertain and teach. In 1919, "Aunt Naomi" (Gertrude Landa) wrote Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends, a book of 27 fairy tales based on stories of the Jewish...